Be a part of queer history!
Across the country over the last decade, lesbian bars have shuttered their doors, and New Orleans is not immune. Drawn together by the closing of the last remaining dyke bar in 2012 (RIP Rubyfruit Jungle), we were filled with questions.
What happened to all the dyke bars? Who are we now that these spaces are lost?
Alleged Lesbian Activities is a new original performance that stages a funeral for these lost queer spaces, and lifts up a rallying cry against our erasure.
Your contribution to this project will go towards the September 2016 opening of Alleged Lesbian Activities. Your donation is crucial to raise the final funds to bring these stories to life.
ALLEGED LESBIAN ACTIVITIES
The thriving New Orleans dyke bar scene of the 1970s-80s was much more than a place to have a cocktail. Lesbian bars were crucial spaces for forming identity and fostering activism for the LGBTQ community in New Orleans and beyond. For the past four years we’ve interviewed the folks who were living the history of queer New Orleans, and at this point we’ve recorded the stories of more than 20 people.
This year we’ve been working to create an original live performance called Alleged Lesbian Activities, a denim-clad, glitter-crusted, power-ballad performance of these oral histories.
Alleged Lesbian Activities is set in a sticky-floored dyke bar, with performers sipping cocktails from bedazzled glassware, singing original songs, vamping in drag, and re-enacting the stories described in oral history interviews. The performance is at once vivaciously sexy, riotously funny, and heart-wrenchingly brutal, representing a complexity of experience much like the bars themselves.
We hosted a work-in-progress sharing of Alleged Lesbian Activities in January that played to sold out houses for three nights. Now we need funding to rent a theater, pay our performers, hire musicians and costumers, make posters and handbills for our full showing this fall.
Your donation, in any amount, helps to pay the queer artists, archivists, and activists working hard to make this project a reality. The lesbian bars have all disappeared, but we’re working to make sure this important, vibrant history doesn’t.
We don’t stop at simply interpreting the past, however. We also aim to bring forth questions about the queer community at present, and to envision a more just future together. Your generous contribution ensures that this history is preserved for future generations, and that the world we live in is ever more welcoming for the LGBTQ community.
WHO WE ARE
Last Call: New Orleans Dyke Bar History Project is a multi-racial performance collective of queer artists, activists, and archivists in New Orleans, Louisiana. We create innovative performances that document and interpret neglected lesbian history in New Orleans and beyond, creating connections between those who lived this history (our elders) and those who have much at stake if it is forgotten (all of US!)
In addition to performance, there are three interwoven components to Last Call: (1) a digital archive of oral history interviews; (2) a podcast series to cull these interviews into rich half-hour stories; and (3) community events that bring together queer women across lines of race, class, gender-identity and generational difference.
If you've never made a work of theater before, you might think that $10,000 is a whole bunch of money. In fact, making theater is a complex and expensive undertaking, and this Kickstarter funds only a portion of our budget, the vast majority of which goes directly to pay artists.
Your pledge supports the vital work of queer artists!
Any donation helps bring this important work closer to fruition. Thanks in advance for your support!
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Risks and challenges
There are inherent risks in making any work of art, but we feel confident in our abilities to bring this project to fruition. Over the past three years, we’ve interviewed more than 20 elders, released 9 podcast episodes, and created three original performances based on these interviews. In this time we’ve refined our collaborative team as well as our methods in working together effectively, setting us up for success in the months ahead.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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